Saturday, February 4, 2017

People You Need to "Unfriend"

Although God tells us to love everyone, He doesn’t call us to be friends with everyone. We need to “unfriend” certain people who negatively influence us—and I’m not just talking about Facebook. Here are three types of people to unfriend:

1. People who gossip about others. “He who goes about as a slanderer reveals secrets, therefore do not associate with a gossip” (Prov. 20:19). Remember, the one who gossips to you will also gossip about you. Gossipers belittle and slander others to make themselves look better.

2. People with toxic attitudes. Toxic people will poison your spirit. They are controlling, manipulative people who will drain you emotionally, depress you, and make you feel guilty. “If anyone does not obey our instruction…take note of that person; don’t associate with him” (2 Thess. 3:14). Someone who is continually tearing you down is not your friend because “A friend loves at all times” (Prov. 17:17).
If you’re married to a toxic person, ask God to give you wisdom about what to do. If the relationship is abusive, you must protect yourself and your children. Consult with your pastor or a godly individual about the steps you should take.

3. People who claim to be Christians but don’t act like it. Paul said, “I am writing you not to associate with any so called brother if he is an immoral person…a reviler, a drunkard or a swindler—not to even eat with such a one” (1 Cor. 5:11). Their walk doesn’t match their talk, and they hypocrisy can trick you into compromising your integrity.

You don’t need to have a lot of friends—just a few. Spend your time with those who will encourage you and keep away from people with toxic attitudes and destructive behavior.

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